No, the size issue isn't entirely part of our imagination. One of the reasons I looked into height and started this thread was because the coach of my DD's first year 14U team passed on what I and all the other ACs thought was a decent pitcher because she was short. He instead took a tall, "athletic" pitcher who wasn't as good, but he thought she had a higher ceiling. A little more than two years later and the shorter pitcher has put in a lot of work and is really strong. Just missed having a perfect game (granted,only four innings) this past weekend, while the taller pitcher works on her game some but continues to struggle for another team. Coach in question also told a girl she had no future catching because she was a lefty.